Is the Mark Driscoll debacle at Liberty University simple a "fuss" that will fade away with him climbing into his limo and leaving the campus? Perhaps. For some. But this "fuss", "kerfuffle", "brew-ha ha", will most likely not end with a one-night stand by Driscoll's speaking event. No.
The truth is, the influence Driscoll has been granted by the LU leadership has sanctioned his words and his mis-interpretations of Scripture. His viewpoints now enter the bedrooms and philosophies and marital counseling offices of future ministers and Christian leaders of tomorrow. Indeed, some will reject them. Others will try to emulate. Some will follow and later find their marriages and relationships destroyed or maimed. "Kerfuffles" have their way of making lasting impressions sometimes.
I consider the lightheartedness of SBC Voices directed toward all those who challenge the status quo in the Christian community of faith for their lack of discernment as merely a "kerfuffle" less than amusing. In fact, if the recent post above is meant to "amuse" we might evaluate what a-muse means in light of Adrian Rogers' words. "A" means "not" and "Muse" means "to think". When we treat admonishment and exhortations as amusing, we are simply "not thinking". That said, I defer to John MacArthur on the involvement of Christians in societal and cultural problems today such as speakers for a Christian school:
"Reclaiming the culture is a pointless, futile exercise. I am convinced we are living in a post-Christian-society--a civilization that exists under God's judgment. ...abundant evidence suggests that God has abandoned this culture to its own depravity. Certainly He is not interested in superficial moral reform for an unregenerate society. God's purpose in this world--and the church's only legitimate commission--is the proclamation of the message of sin and salvation to individuals, whom God sovereignly redeems and calls out of the world. God's purpose is to save those who will repent of their sins and believe the gospel--not to work for external corrections in a morally bankrupt culture." John MacArthur, The Vanishing Conscience
It's disheartening, for me, to see the amusements of some Christians. It's discouraging to witness coarse jesting attributed to that which other Christians find in opposition to the Gospel message and objectionable as an entre` served up to the consciences of young minds.
Is there really no more sobriety of mind when it comes to things which affect society's behavior and views? Have we truly become so anesthetized to culture's sinful call, that we no longer see the blackness of the soul, the severity of condoning immoral choices, or laughing at that which opposes the Trinity of God? When sincerely-presented dissent is batted away like mosquitoes on a summer night, and swatted down as pesky little insects with no more regard than an insignificant "kerfuffle", we have come to a time when discernment is redefined and admonishment is a badge of honor and endorsement to go and do likewise. selahV